Wagons may not be as popular as they once were, but they serve as an appealing alternative for drivers who'd rather not climb aboard the crossover bandwagon. Launched in 2017, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is one of the standouts in the wagon segment. The Golf Alltrack is based on the Golf SportWagen, but it offers higher ground clearance and enhanced off-road capability.
Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Overview
With the Golf SportWagen, Volkswagen has illustrated a long and enduring commitment to crafting high-quality wagons. Introduced for the 2017 model year, the Golf Alltrack continues this tradition. It offers the same clean refinement as the SportWagen, but it comes with features and amenities that make it suitable for light off-roading.
The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a compact wagon that provides seating for five passengers. The Golf Alltrack is the same length and width as the Golf SportWagen, but its ride height has been elevated to provide more ground clearance. A bold bumper and body cladding on the side sills and wheel arches give the Golf Alltrack a rugged look. Silver roof rails add a measure of utility, and an underbody guard helps protect the undercarriage during off-road excursions.
All Golf Alltrack wagons get their mojo from a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 170 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard, and both a six-speed manual and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission are available.
In city driving, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack feels smooth and comfortable. This wagon also shines on trails and paths. The Golf Alltrack comes with a drive-mode selector that allows you switch between Normal, Sport, Custom and Off-Road modes. In Off-Road mode, the car's hill descent control is launched, and the responses of the vehicle's traction control are altered to suit the terrain. This Volkswagen is also available with an Off-Road monitor that displays information such as vehicle altitude and steering-wheel angle.
The Golf Alltrack's cabin is comfortable and pleasant. Both rows of seating offer decent amounts of room, and the overall design is tidy and attractive. There's lots of glass in the car's tall greenhouse, and this enhances visibility and gives the interior an airy feel. Cargo space is also impressive, easily matching that of many compact SUVs.
Volkswagen's Golf Alltrack comes with a generous array of standard features. Base models are equipped with heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, fog lights, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leatherette upholstery, a USB port, heated front seats, Bluetooth, satellite radio, 60/40-split folding rear seats and a rearview camera. The list of upgrades includes keyless access with push-button start, a panoramic sunroof, navigation and a premium sound system.
Driver-assistive features such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking and active park assist are also offered.
If you're on the hunt for a wagon, the capable Kia Soul is worth a look. The Subaru Outback is a good choice if you need a wagon with off-road chops, and it offers higher ground clearance than the Golf Alltrack. Still, the Golf Alltrack is a compelling pick for those who enjoy Volkswagen's singular brand of Germanic elegance.